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My daddy thinks I’m fine: the tragedy of ‘Amy’

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How we’re all implicated in the loss of Amy Winehouse By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: “Amy” features clips, images and interviews examining the life of vocalist Amy Winehouse; Rating: R, Grade: A “I ain’t got the time, and if my daddy thinks I’m fine…” That line from Amy Winehouse’s breakthrough single, “Rehab,” says so much because […]

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Lotta magic left in Mike

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Channing Tatum and his crew get together for another dance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Channing Tatum as Mike Lane in “Magic Mike XXL”; Rating: R, Grade: A Curiosity dominated the critical conversation when Academy Award-winning renaissance man Steven Soderbergh (the filmmaking chameleon who so deftly walked the fine line between the independent world and the […]

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Commending Coffy

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Pam Grier: The sexiest woman in the movie universe By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Pam Grier as Jackie Brown in “Jackie Brown,” 1997 Olive Films is releasing three classics of the Blaxploitation era—“Coffy” (1973), “Foxy Brown” (1974) and “Friday Foster” (1975)—featuring the undeniably tough and beautiful Pam Grier. As a child in the early 1970s, my […]

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Looking forward to ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’

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Love and sex in the twilight years By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Blythe Danner as Carol Petersen in “I’ll See You In My Dreams”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: B+ American cinema has a problem with depictions of the lives of mature (read: older) characters; though, to be completely honest, the point could be argued that the industry […]

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All we need is a little ‘Love & Mercy’

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Astonishing new feature focuses on two periods in the Brian Wilson saga By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy”; Rating: R, Grade: A God only knows what demons plagued Brian Wilson, but film producer Bill Pohlad (“Into the Wild” and “12 Years a Slave”) teams up with writers Oren […]

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‘Tomorrowland’ is a day and paradise lost

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Brad Bird and George Clooney take audiences on an unfulfilling trip By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: George Clooney and Thomas Robinson as old and young Frank Walker in “Tomorrowland”; Rating: PG, Grade: C+ Is the world truly small after all? That’s the question that lingers with me days after watching Brad Bird’s new futuristic family-friendly fantasy. […]

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Not so far from modern sensibilities

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Thomas Vinterberg adapts Thomas Hardy and finds modern parallels By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene in “Far From the Madding Crowd”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) certainly has her wits about her; at least that sounds like something that might have been said of the character between the days […]

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‘Back to Life’: what’s a pet’s soul II soul?

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What happens when animals return from the dead? By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: A dog becomes a test subject for a neurotransmitter stimulant in “The Lazarus Effect” I need to start off by admitting that I am not much of a pet guy. I had fish for a hot minute as a kid, took care of […]

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Taking a ride on ‘The D Train’

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Reunion allows a forgotten figure a chance at redemption By T.T. Stern-Enzi What does it say about our culture and society when watching the story of someone like Dan Landsman (Jack Black), a quintessential high school loser, a member of the invisible forgotten class, that we all seemingly automatically identify with him, especially as he […]

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The age of the Marvel?

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Cross-platform releases could signal a shift in the Marvel narrative experience By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” Expectations couldn’t be higher for the upcoming Marvel/Disney release “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” especially in light of this year’s front-loading of each month of […]

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Moving on up the evolutionary ladder

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“Ex Machina” dares to question the definitions of “gods” and “robots” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Alicia Vikander as Ava in “Ex Machina”; Rating: R, Grade: A As the summer movie season approaches, I am heartened by the notion that 2015 will stand out as the year that the independent filmmaking model lives up to its […]

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Daring to tell a ‘True Story’

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Lying is all about performance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jonah Hill as Michael Finkel and James Franco as Christian Longo in “True Story”; Rating: R, Grade: B+ There’s a sneaky logic to the old adage – “All stories are true” (which John Edgar Wideman wisely sampled as the title for a collection of short stories) […]

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‘While We’re Young’ from a different worldview

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Generation X and hipsters clash from the sideline By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Adam Driver as Jamie and Ben Stiller as Josh in “While We’re Young”; Rating: R, Grade: B Writer-director Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha”) sets out, in his latest film “While We’re Young,” to skewer the pretensions and First World problems of the artistically privileged […]

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Get ready for a long hot summer at the movies

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Film emerges from the cold post-Oscar doldrums with a fiery vengeance By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Iron Man reveals new armor in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” Ten years ago, the summer movie season began, in earnest, on Memorial Day Weekend. Back then, by late May, the mercury was finally starting to rise and audiences, especially […]

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‘It Follows’ roams in the backstreets of fear

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Horror genre gets an ingenious moral kink in new release By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Maika Monroe as Jay in “It Follows”; Rating: R, Grade: A- Following (pun intended) on the heels of writer-director Jennifer Kent’s mesmerizing horror re-invention “The Babadook,” comes another relative multi-hyphenate newbie David Robert Mitchell with his sly take on the unrelenting […]

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Audiences should take one last look at ‘Leviathan’

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Seize the opportunity to see the best film of 2014 By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Still from “Leviathan”; Rating: R, Grade: A I consider myself fortunate enough to have seen Andrey Zvyagintsev’s stunning drama “Leviathan” during its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it came as close as any film I’ve ever seen to […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]